Ratings continue to drop for the NFL. They dropped precipitously last year and are down again this year. I myself have not watched a single play this year. Why? I wasn’t really sure, but now I think know why — the two Cs.
1. Concussions are big. I stopped watching boxing because of the damage to boxers’ brains, and I’m starting to feel taht way about football. I don’t watch college football for that reason, and it’s starting to carry over to the NFL for me. I just don’t feel right watching someone (who can be cut by a team tomorrow) damage their brain for my entertainment. I also dont watch college football because I feel like the NCAA are a bunch of scumbags who exploit kids who often don’t get a degree and receive no money and in turn collect billions of dolalrs. Bleh.
2. Commercials. Oh my gosh, the commercials are a turnoff! Kick-off, commercial. Punt, commercial. Time out, commercial. Field goal or TD, commercial. Extra point, commercial. Kick off again, commercial. Etc. etc. and the commercials are all by large uninspiring companies like Truck makers and fast food joints, and they go on and on and on to the phoning I feel like I’m waiting an entire day to watch one game. SO I stopped – life is too short.
I cant speak for other people – the numbers speak for themselves — but I now know why I haven’t been watching football — a sport I once loved — anymore.
I love college football. My parents are football fans, and at times had season tickets to both the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, so football in particular and all college football in general was a part of my life growing up. But as I read The System, as I learn even more about how inept the NCAA is while it and the TV Networks make *huge* dollars while kids work for free, how the vast majority of college football teams *lose* money despite huge expenditures at the expense of education, how coaches make millions per year while universities lay off professors, how the players are at huge risk for brain injury despite making no money at all, I simply can’t watch it anymore. I *won’t* watch it any more. I want to, but to do so is to be complicit in it. My conscience won’t let me do it. I can try to justify it, or try to ignore it, but if I do that I am just as guilty as anyone, like Pontius Pilate. Just like I refuse to watch porn since porn is usually exploitation of young human beings, I will not watch college football.
I will watch the NFL for the time being. I think the NFL is in decline anyway, since so many parents refuse to let their kids play football anymore, just like if we are honest with ourselves Major League Baseball is a shadow of its past since many fewer kids play baseball today than decades ago. But President Obama said it best, I think: “The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies.” But, still, many NFL players probably don’t see themselves as having a choice, since often football is all they know, and honestly 95% of them are treated like cattle. It may be that some time in the future I refuse to watch the NFL, as well.
Sources: The System (Benedict et. al.).
When I watch games from 20 years ago from the 80s and even into the 90s, it’s hard not to think that basketball was better — and a lot more interesting — then.
Teams ran more, they passed better, they dunked more, there were more “oooohhhh” type moments where a person would make an impossible move and shot, and it was just more interesting.
Teams passed to the post more, then when defenses cheated they took longer shots, and the goal was to race up the court before a defense could set up. Some teams had a physical center, some teams had the fast break and most had a mixture. There was (ironically) more action and more variety.
Now teams penetrate, kick it out to 1 of 3 or 4 players posted along the 3 point line and fire up three pointers.
It’s not much more interesting than watching a shooting clinic, in my opinion. When all shots are 2 pointers, and when the shot clock is 45 minutes, it actually generates more diversity and creativity.